UN ambivalent on Advisory Panel's agenda

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 January 2011, 14:16 GMT]
United Nation's Secretary General (UNSG), Ban Ki Moon, told the Inner City Press that the members of the Advisory Panel on Sri Lanka "are now working very seriously on finalizing the dates of visiting Sri Lanka," and responding to a question that the panel cannot investigate anything [on Sri Lanka's war crimes], Ban replied, "[t]hey will be able to...They are now discussing that." ICP's Matthew Lee notes that "[t]his again in contradictory to what the Sri Lankan government has said, and even to what Ban's spokespeople have said. Ban's acting Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq, bypassing Inner City Press' outstanding questions, told BBC's Sinhala service that the Panel might only meet the LLRC outside Sri Lanka."

Mr Lee was prevented from asking questions to Ban Ki Moon during his 45-minute conference, but was able to obtain Ban's response when Ban passed by the Dag Hammarskold library after the press briefing Friday.

United Nation's checkered history in monitoring, exposing rights abuses, and taking effective action to prevent, prosecute egregious rights violations and war crimes in Sri Lanka has propelled the actions of the Advisory Panel into spotlight. The recent US Embassy cable leaks which accused the Rajapakses as largely responsible for war-crimes in Sri Lanka, and that the Sri Lanka's commission as anything but a "dud commission" have provided further urgency for the last potent instrument of the UN, the Advisory Panel, to take bold and decisive action on Sri Lanka, expatriate Tamil observers say.

TamilNet coverage of UN's defective handling of Sri Lanka's war provides a stinging testimony of inaction, signs of collusion, and deliberate attempts to whitewash Colombo's crimes:

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ICP: Ban Says Panel “Finalizing” Sri Lanka Dates


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